Slo Mo Fo NaNoWriMo
So…about this whole NaNoWriMo thing…
Well, let me just say it. It is unlikely that I will successfully complete my 50,000 words before the end of the month. And you know what? I’m totally okay with it.
I was feeling pretty stressed after week one. The Things of Life were interrupting my focused writing time (as they do) and I fell behind. And I knew other days were coming where it was unlikely I’d meet the minimum word goal. And then I’d fall more behind. And I wasn’t allowing myself to flesh out things in my scenes, characters, etc., because the idea is to just write, write, write. That was stressing me out, too.
I gave it all some serious thought, weighed the pros and cons, the goals and objectives, the overall wins and losses, and then I gave myself permission to drop NaNoWriMo down on my list of priorities. This is not to say that I have quit NaNoWriMo-ing. Oh no. I’m just doing it at my own pace.
How did I get here? Well, what is one of the goals of NaNoWriMo? To push you to work on a novel. Thankfully, I don’t need the push right now. I’m excited about this project, I have a great outline, and I have supportive people around me, both online and in person. So I am writing and I’m enjoying it a lot more than I was just a few days ago.
All that being said, rock on all you committed NaNoWriMo-ers out there! You have my full support and I’m cheering you on wholeheartedly!
What’s your word count? As of today, I’m at 5211. According to the NaNo calculator, I’ll have 50,000 words by February 3, 2012…